KINGSTON – A Poughkeepsie dentist was arraigned in Ulster County Court on Friday on a murder charge in the death of another man.
Gilberto Nunez, 48, stands accused of killing Thomas Kolman, Jr. on November 29, 2011. He was also charged with the criminal possession of a forged instrument.
If convicted of murder, Nunez faces up to 25 years to life in prison together with possible consecutive sentences on the forged instrument charges.
Prosecutors alleged that Nunez’s motive for killing Kolman was the love affair that Nunez was having with Kolman’s wife.
On November 29, 2011, Kolman’s body was found in his car in a parking lot. His death was ruled a homicide caused by poisoning by Midazolam, a sedative used by, among others, dentists.
Nunez has been receiving regular shipments of Midazolam for his dental practice.
Evidence also reflects that an SUV indistinguishable from one that Nunez owned was captured on video surveillance traveling to, remaining at, and leaving the scene of the murder during the time in question.
Nunez is also facing unrelated perjury charges in connection with false statements he made on a pistol permit application; and insurance fraud in connection with his submitting a claim for lost rent stemming from a fire where he claimed to hold a commercial lease that did not exist.
Although all of Nunez’s crimes allegedly occurred in Ulster County, Orange County DA David Hoovler’s Office had been appointed special prosecutor to handle all the cases. Senior Assistant DA Maryellen Albanese is prosecuting the case.